Gastric balloon

What is it?

A gastric balloon is a soft silicone expandable balloon that is placed in your stomach in order to help you to lose weight. It encourages you to control meal portions and helps you to manage your hunger. It is implanted during a short and simple procedure. Depending on a type of the balloon, it stays in for either 6 or 12 months. The balloon fills up a part of your stomach so you can work on your food portions and new healthier eating habits. The balloon is removed similar way it is implanted.

Who it is for?

Patients between 18 and 60 with BMI of at least 25-27, who are willing to change their eating habits. Moderately overweight patients who have been unable to achieve their desired weight loss through traditional weight loss methods such as diet & exercise. People who are not eligible for, or who are uncomfortable with, other forms of weight loss surgery who are aiming to lose 5 to 15kg. Patients with good results of blood test, ECG and digestive tract endoscopy (tests are performed at the clinic before the procedure). You will also undergo a face to face consultation with a doctor.

Procedure info

The procedure is simple and non-surgical. It can be performed with just local anaesthtics (throat numbing spray) or with IV anaesthetics – sedation. The balloon is placed by a fully qualified and experienced surgeon through a special tube though your mouth. Once inserted in the stomach, the empty balloon is filled with sterile saline. When the balloon is full, it is too large to get out of stomach. It floats freely in the stomach and is removed after the period of maximum 6 months, the same way it was inserted. During the time the balloon is in, the patient works on changing eating habits and healthier lifestyle.

Hospital stay

After the procedure you will either be released from the clinic after a few hours or you will stay overnight (depending on the venue). If you don’t stay overnight in the clinic and you are unwell the following morning, you will be aksed to return for an IV drip appointment.

Clinic info

The procedure is performed in two different venues in Łódź city (Łódź I clinic and Łódź Brzeziny clinic). Please find details in ‘Our clinics’.

Required stay in Poland

Minimum 3 nights. 1 before the procedure and 2 after.

Accommodation

W recommend one of the ‘Łódź hotels‘. Please find more info in ‘Accommodation’.

Contraindications

Blood coagulation disorders, gastric ulcer, heart diseases, liver diseases, lung diseases, previous gastrointestinal surgery, any inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract, potential upper gastrointestinal bleeding or other congenital anomalies, large hiatal hernia or other structural abnormality in the oesophagus or larynx, unwillingness to adopt the dietary habits and behaviour change critical to the success of the therapy, drug or alcohol addiction, pregnancy or breastfeeding, psychological disorder.

Possible complications

Nausea, stomach ache, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, pain.

Post-operative guidelines

Include taking prescribed medication, dieting and exercising. Details provided by the doctor.

Procedure cost

From 6 700 PLN / £1396 / €1576 for the 6-month Medsil balloon treatment.

This includes a consultation with a surgeon, required pre-op medical tests, local anaesthetics (throat numbing spray), cost of the balloon itself, an IV drip appointment, balloon removal after maximum 6 months.

Additional anaesthetics (intravenous sedation) is available at an additional 500 PLN / £104 / €118 and MUST be booked at the time of the appointment booking.

An additional cost is prescribed medication (around 250 PLN / £52 / €59). It is to be purchased at a pharmacy in Poland.

 

From 8 200 PLN / £1708 / €1929 for the 6-month Orbera balloon treatment and 9500 PLN / £1979 / €2235 for the 12-month Orbera 365 treatment.

This includes a consultation with a surgeon, a dietician and a personal trainer, email consultations available during the treatment time, required pre-op medical tests, intravenous anaesthetics (sedation), cost of the balloon itself, 1 night of hospital stay after the balloon implantation, IV drips and medication during the hospital stay, balloon removal after 6-12 months (depending on the balloon type).

An additional cost is prescribed medication (around 250 PLN / £52 / €59). They are to be purchased at a pharmacy in Poland.

Flights

Łódź airport LCJ – 15-min drive from the town

Warsaw Chopin airport WAW – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Warsaw Modlin airport WMI – around 2h drive (own arrangements or additional charge for the transfers applies – subject to availability)

Transfers

Available upon request. Prices evaluated individually and start from 400 PLN / £83 / €94 per package.

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